As plans for the July 4th “Celebrate Kirkland!” community event are finalized, the Kirkland Police and Fire Departments encourage residents and visitors to celebrate safely and legally and offer the following tips:
- Comply with the City’s fireworks ban. The sale, possession and discharge of all fireworks are prohibited within Kirkland city limits. This includes the recently annexed areas of Finn Hill, North Juanita, and Kingsgate.
- Report fireworks violations. Persons observing non-emergency violations of the fireworks ban should contact NORCOM Police Dispatch at (425) 577-5656 and a Kirkland Police officer will be dispatched when available. In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
- Keep pets safe. Most pets are upset by fireworks and should be kept inside. Report lost and found pets to King County Regional Animal Services at 206-296-7387 (PETS).
- Carpool if you can. Many activities are happening in downtown Kirkland and parking may be limited. Visitors are encouraged to carpool, ride transit or use other alternate means of transportation.
- Observe parking rules. The parking lot at Marina Park (6 a.m. – midnight), Heritage Park (6 a.m. – 2 p.m.), and Lake Street (6 a.m. -2 p.m.) will be closed on July 4th. Observe the closure of the Marina Park boat launch from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (for parade) and again 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (for fireworks).
- Respect Kirkland’s parks and open spaces. Alcohol is prohibited in all public spaces, including parks.
- Stay and enjoy the fireworks show. Fireworks will blast off at 10:15 p.m. from a barge on Lake Washington and will be viewable from most downtown waterfront parks. Safety zones will be established in and around downtown docks. Viewers are asked to keep clear of the safety zones and remain during the entire pyrotechnic display.
For Celebrate Kirkland! event information, go to www.celebratekirkland.org.